The WWF is run at a local level by the following offices...
- WWF Global
- Central African Republic
- Central America
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- European Policy Office
1. SEEK OUT GREEN SPACES
There is a lot of scientific research exploring the fascinating link between time spent in nature with a reduced risk of mental health problems, improved mood and reduced stress.
Whether you live in urban or rural areas, nature can be found everywhere. From national parks, gazetted forests, or rivers, it’s worthwhile seeking out natural spaces near you.
If you’re struggling to find a green area near you, why not try and bring nature to you. You could plant herbs or flowers in your garden, balcony, or introduce houseplants into your personal space.
2. RELAXATION AND MINDFULNESS
Taking time to reflect in natural surroundings can be really positive for your mental health and wellbeing. Shinrin-yoku is a Japanese phenomenon, also known as forest bathing. It’s all about spending time in a forest or woodland engaging your senses, which can help to ease negative feelings and boost positive ones.
If you’re not sure how to practice mindfulness, here’s a good place to start:
Take your time to be aware of how you’re feeling and your surroundings.
Think about what you can hear, smell, touch and see.
Focus on what you’re doing in that moment, try to let other thoughts drift away.
3. PLANT AND GROW A TREE
As a country, we are making progress in restoring our forest cover. But a lot still needs to be done. In order to bring back our green, WWF-Kenya encourages each Kenyan to plant at least 25 trees. This will add up to the goal of 1 BILLION trees that will contribute towards realization of the vision 2030 target of 10% forest cover. You can start planting your trees today. Tree nurseries are readily available in many areas, why wait any longer?
4. INTERACTING WITH NATURE
Being around animals and wildlife can be beneficial for overall well-being. Even from your own home, look outside your window and see if you can spot any birds in the sky. If you can’t see them, listen for them instead. The more often you look, the more you will see!
Gardening can also have huge benefits, with studies having found that gardening can improve mood, increase quality of life, and overall wellbeing.
Planting and growing your own fruit and vegetables also has environmental benefits, from significantly reducing food miles, eating more seasonally and knowing exactly where your food comes from.
5. WILD INSPIRATION
Nature can be great inspiration to get creative. This can be through painting, drawing, crafting something, photography or writing – the possibilities are endless